Texans stand tall
For music, pride and status.
Others have their reasons
For being in the crowd.
Critics gather grist
Scouts seek talent
One audience listens intently,
Another wears its best to be seen.
Young artists give their all,
Fiery, pensive, addled with nerves.
They woo, entreat, wound and conquer,
While in the hall's high reaches
Mozart, Schuman and Rachmaninov
Chuckle and abide.